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Making Up My Mind

August 28, 2012


Am I my brain? Am I somewhere inside my brain? If there are two halves, which side am I on? Am I alone in there, or part of a group? And who’s asking these annoying questions, anyway? The human mind is a wondrous thing. Even the most pessimistic of us proceed each day with an […]

The miracle of wine. And bread. And cashmere.

May 22, 2010


How was wine invented? In my college anthropology class, the professor claimed that wine was discovered after a bunch of grain fell into a hole and then it rained. (Or maybe it was beer. It’s been thirty-seven years and I can’t find my notes.) In any case, fermentation occurred naturally when yeast that happened to […]